metric Command


Creates or updates fields and tags of the specified metric.

If no metric matches the specified name, a new metric is created automatically.


metric m:${metric} b:${enabled} p:${data-type} l:${label} d:${description} i:${interpolate} u:${units} f:${filter} z:${timezone} v:${versioning} a:${invalid_action} min:${minimum_value} max:${maximum_value} t:${tag-1}=${text} t:${tag-2}=${text}
  • Metric name and tag names are case-insensitive and are converted to lower case when stored.
  • Label, description, units, filter, and tag values are case-sensitive and are stored as submitted.
  • Other fields are case-insensitive.
  • Tag values cannot be empty.
  • Metric tags and fields that are not specified are left unchanged.
  • To reset a field to the default value or to delete a tag, use double-quoted empty string, for example z:"".


Field Type Description
m string [Required] Metric name.
b boolean Enabled status. If the metric is disabled, new data received for this metric is discarded.
l string Label.
d string Description.
p string Data type: short, integer, long, float, double, decimal. Default: float.
i string Interpolation mode: linear, previous.
u string Units.
f string Filter expression.
z string Time Zone ID, for example EST.
Refer to Time Zone table for a list of supported Time Zone IDs.
The time zone is applied by date-formatting functions to return local time in a metric-specific time zone.
To reset the time zone to the default value, specify it as a double-quoted empty string z:"".
v boolean Versioning enabled/disabled.
a string Invalid action.
tp string Time precision.
pe boolean Persistent.
rd number Retention Interval Days.
min number Minimum value.
max number Maximum value.
t string [Multiple] Metric tag name and value.

Refer to Metric API for field descriptions.

ABNF Syntax

Rules inherited from Base ABNF.

command = "metric" MSP metric [MSP enabled] [MSP label] [MSP units] [MSP description] [MSP data-type] [MSP interpolate] [MSP filter] [MSP timezone] [MSP versioning] [MSP invalidAction] [MSP timePrecision] [MSP persistent] [MSP retentionIntervalDays] [MSP minValue] [MSP maxValue] *(MSP tag)
metric = "m:" NAME
enabled = "b:" BOOLEAN
data-type = "p:" ("short" / "integer" / "long" / "float" / "double" / "decimal")
interpolate = "i:" ("linear" / "previous")
label = "l:" VALUE
units = "u:" VALUE
description = "d:" VALUE
filter = "f:" VALUE
timezone = "z:" (TIMEZONE / DQUOTE DQUOTE)
versioning = "v:" BOOLEAN
invalidAction = "a:" ("none" / "transform" / "discard" / "raise_error", "set_version_status")
timePrecision = "tp:" ("seconds" / "milliseconds")
persistent = "pe:" BOOLEAN
retentionIntervalDays = "rd:" (POSITIVE_INTEGER / DQUOTE DQUOTE)
tag = "t:" NAME "=" VALUE


metric m:temperature p:long v:false t:type=water
metric m:temperature b:false p:long v:false l:"Water Temperature" z:PST u:Celsius t:type=water